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    John Marshall. The Life of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the American Forces, During the War Which Established the Independence of His Country, and First President of the United States. Philadelphia: C. P. Wayne, 1804-07.

    First edition. Five octavo volumes. xxii, 488, 45; viii, 560, 72; viii, 580, 28; viii, 626, 16; vi, 779, 36 pages. Plus quarto map atlas, with ten engraved maps and a 22-page list of subscribers.

    Contemporary full calf. Title label to spine with gilt lettering. Marbled endpapers. Binding by Thomas A. Ronalds of New York. Atlas in early amateur binding. Front joint to volume one broken, with board holding by the cords. Joints to all volumes tender. Some cracking and crazing to the spines. Inked name of previous owner on front free endpapers. Moderate foxing throughout. Overall, a very nice set.

    Howes M-317. Sabin 44788.

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    When a new and shorter edition of Marshall's Washington biography came out in 1832, The New-England Magazine pointed out that the "first edition was voluminous, and not adapted, on that account, for a general circulation, and it was felt to be a general hardship that so accurate a biography, or rather history, should not be within the means or leisure of the mass of citizens." Later American editions omitted the Colonial history found in Volume I of this edition.

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